After trying for over a year to mediate a discrimination dispute with a major software firm, the Department of Labor (DOL) filed a new complaint against the employer, renewing the Department's gender and race discrimination claims. The new filing alleges that the employer's discriminatory actions cost female and minority employees nearly $400 million.
The DOL's complaint accuses the software giant of discriminating against women and people of color by using prior salary rates to set initial compensation, and also by directing these employees toward lower paying career paths.
The complaint points out that 90 percent of the employer's college hires from 2013 through 2016 were Asian, even though the overall Asian population in those colleges was 65 percent. The DOL alleges the employer's significant preference for Asian employees, who are predominantly visa-holders, indicates the employer's desire to control and suppress wages for this group, as these workers must rely on employment to keep their visas.
The new complaint also accuses the employer of destroying recruitment and hiring records during the mediation process. Lauren Feiner "Department of Labor accuses Oracle of discrimination that cost women and people of color $400 million" www.cnbc.com (Jan. 22, 2019).